The Value of Contrast Administration in the MRI Evaluation of Scoliosis in Pediatric Population.

Kasim Abul-Kasim, Diana Gomez, L McCormick, Pavel Maly, Pia Sundgren

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The aim of this study was to analyze the added utility of contrast administration for spine MRI in children with scoliosis. A retrospective review of 663 consecutive contrast-enhanced spine MRI performed in 319 patients as part of the work up of scoliosis in children 2-18 years with clinically suspected or known scoliosis over a seven year period. Those patients with known tumors (13 patients) being evaluated for scoliosis were excluded from the study. In 306 patients with scoliosis and no history of tumor pathologic contrast enhancement was seen in seven (2%) patients. Lack of enhancement helped to characterize benign lesions in 31 (10%) of the patients. Although MRI is often recommended to exclude intraspinal pathology in pediatric patients with scoliosis, the need for contrast enhanced imaging is very limited and contrast medium should not be administered unless questionable pathology is detected on noncontrast MR spine imaging.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Neuroradiology Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Radiology and Physiology, Malmö (013037000), Medical Radiology Unit (013241410), Diagnostic Radiology, (Lund) (013038000)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging


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